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DirecTV and DISH are applauding the introduction of the State Video Tax Fairness Act, which would prevent "discriminatory taxes" on satellite TV and other services. The bill was introduced this week by Reps Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI). DISH and DirecTV reject the argument that the taxes are needed to achieve parity with the franchise fees cable companies pay to local govt because their tech doesn’t use the public rights of way. — Reps Ed Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) on Fri officially introduced their comprehensive children’s online privacy bill ( Cfax, May 9). The "Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011" would require parental consent before collection of personal info from kids, as well as require other safeguards.

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